Steven Soderbergh is no stranger to experimental filmmaking. The Academy Award-winning director has produced as many big budget blockbusters (Out of Sight, Ocean's Eleven, Erin Brockovich) as he has low budget indies (Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Schizopolis, Bubble). Dropping today on HBO Max, Let Them All Talk definitely falls in the latter category. Produced for what its star Meryl Streep has called "a budget of 25 cents," the film was shot and largely improvised aboard the Queen Mary 2 using natural light and very little equipment, with Soderbergh serving not only as director, but also cinematographer and editor.
Also today: Tina Fey takes to the streets of midtown Manhattan to host the Best of Broadway, TIME Magazine names its Person of the Year, and the new reality series House of Ho introduces viewers to some crazy rich Texans. Here's what's new and noteworthy on TV this Thursday:
ORIGINAL MOVIE: Alice (Meryl Streep) is a celebrated author who embarks on a contentious cruise with some old friends in Steven Soderbergh's Let Them All Talk. Candice Bergen, Lucas Hedges, Gemma Chan, and Dianne Wiest costar. Watch trailer. Streaming on HBO Max
SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Tina Fey hosts the two-hour special One Night Only: The Best of Broadway, featuring new performances from some of Broadway's most popular (and currently shuttered) shows, including Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations, Chicago, Jagged Little Pill, Diana: The Musical, Jersey Boys, and Fey's own Mean Girls. Watch preview. 8:00 PM ET on NBC
NEW EPISODE: Bailey (Chandra Wilson) panics at news of a surge in COVID-19 cases at her mother's assisted living facility on Grey's Anatomy. Meanwhile, Jo (Camilla Luddington) is uncertain about her future after an intense surgical procedure. Watch preview. 9:00 PM ET on ABC
SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Joining forces with TIME magazine, NBC will reveal the TIME Person of the Year in an hour long-special highlighting the magazine's picks for the individual or group that had the greatest influence on the events of the year. 10:00 PM ET on NBC
SERIES PREMIERE: No doubt taking inspiration from the smash Crazy Rich Asians, the new reality series House of Ho follows the lives of the extremely wealthy multi-generational Asian American Ho family in Texas. Watch trailer. Streaming on HBO Max
SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Narrated by Hugh Bonneville, Silent Night - A Song for the World chronicles the story behind the song, with performances by Kelly Clarkson, David Foster, Katharine McPhee, Josh Groban, John Rhys-Davies, Joss Stone, Randy Jackson, Gavin Rossdale, and more. Watch trailer. 8:00 PM ET on The CW
COMPLETE FIRST SEASON: Based on the manga series by Haro Aso, Alice in Borderland follows Ryohei Arisu (Kento Yamazaki) and his friends as they are mysteriously forced to play a real-life video game in a parallel universe. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix
HOLIDAY MOVIE: Tim Allen signs on with Team Santa in The Santa Clause, but fails to read the fine print before donning the classic red suit. 12:30 PM ET on Freeform
HOLIDAY MOVIE: Tim Burton's stop-motion Gothic fantasy The Nightmare Before Christmas is half Christmas movie, half Halloween movie, and 100% holiday classic. 7:10 PM ET on Freeform
HOLIDAY MOVIE: Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) decides to play it safe and celebrate the holidays at home in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, only to have Cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid), an out of control dog, and a series of inevitable mishaps threaten to blow up his holiday cheer faster than a match tossed in a backed-up sewer line. 8:00 and 10:10 PM ET on AMC
Mike Attebery is Senior Editor at Primetimer and the author of seven mystery thrillers. Follow him on Twitter at @mikeattebery.